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Wet Springs Could Mean More Mosquitoes, Greater Threat Of West Nile

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- Experts believe it could be a bad summer when it comes to mosquitoes, and that increases the risk of West Nile Virus.

Our wet spring and hot temperatures combined make for favorable breeding conditions for mosquitoes. More of the pesky insects increases the chances for the potentially deadly West Nile Virus.

One county in Colorado, Jefferson County, is cutting its mosquito control program because of budget cutbacks.

Officials said they will continue to monitor certain areas prone to those mosquitoes that carry West Nile.

Since the county won’t be spraying, residents are urged to take their own precautions and get rid of the bugs on their own.

“I think it’s scary. I think they need to be, it’s important to do, especially with our kids running around,” said one mother.

Experts said if you are going to be outside where moquitoes are, cover up and use mosquito repellant with Deet.

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